"The Goddess of Fierce Protection" tells the story of an unexpectedly meaningful artwork as it traveled a parallel and often converging path to that of the latest fight for reproductive freedom and the mass awakening of everyday women stepping into their power.
First released October, 2019 at the Milwaukee Film Festival
Directed by: Laura Dyan Kezman and Katie Mullen
Shot & Edited by: Laura Dyan Kezman
Written by: Katie Mullen
Produced by: LionArt Media in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and BlackPaint Studios
Five months before the 2016 presidential election, just as political interference with women’s health care decisions was ramping up across the country, BlackPaint Studios was asked to paint a mural on Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s headquarters building in celebration of their 80th anniversary.
Before starting the mural, the artists had to get approval from the City of Milwaukee’s Third Ward Architectural Review Board. In the deliberation meeting, several members of that male-dominated committee appeared visibly agitated by the artwork, calling it too “overwhelming” and suggesting the artists make the figure smaller.
The Goddess never made it onto that building.
But just like Planned Parenthood, just like women all over the country, she wouldn’t go away and she wouldn’t be quiet. Not long after, the Goddess was video bombed on the space where she was meant to be painted. And in the years since, she’s appeared all over the country — from women’s marches to inside Planned Parenthood health centers — becoming a symbol of the rise of divine feminine power the whole world is now experiencing.
The six minute docu-short was produced by women-owned production company LionArt Media in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and BlackPaint Studios.